Meet Our Fellows

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Paola Cabrera

Health Program Fellow with IRCO

Paola was born and raised in Portland, Oregon. She currently attends Portland Community College with intentions of transferring to Portland State University to obtain her bachelor's in Community Development. Through community service with the youth, Paola has developed a strong passion for creating an accepting and supportive space for the youth. Her ultimate goal is to make difference in her everyday work. She is excited to be apart of FILA and gain valuable experience!

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Clare Connaughton

Outreach fellow with fiver children's foundation

Clare is a 2018 graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, where she earned a bachelor's degree in Urban Studies & Political Science. Her work in urban classrooms and with college-aged youth in education and civic engagement instilled in her a lifelong passion for building sustainable community partnerships and amplifying the voices of marginalized communities. After having transformative experiences in social justice education in Philadelphia, Ahmedabad, India, São Paulo, Brazil, and Dakar, Senegal, Clare is excited to continue this work in her home city of New York to contribute to the mission of FLIA and Fivers Children Foundation.

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Laknath Gunathilake

Program Evaluation fellow with Row New York

Laknath recently completed his graduate studies at Villanova University. Before moving to Philly, he lived in various parts of Missouri working as a legislative aide at the State Capitol and as a community development intern with a non-profit in St. Louis. He is passionate about social entrepreneurship and finding creative solutions to problems in the social sector. In his spare time, he likes to play board games and read fantasy novels.

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Brianne Potts

Curriculum Development fellow with Iowa Department of Human Rights

Brianne is originally from Southeast Iowa. She has spent the last two years serving in AmeriCorps with the Iowa Department of Human Rights in Des Moines, Iowa. Brianne recently graduated in April of 2018 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice. Her time in college and AmeriCorps experience has taught her the power of youth advocacy, civic engagement, and ensuring youth have the resources and platforms to express themselves. She looks forward to continuing this work with the youth programs of the Iowa Department of Human Rights.

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Rachel Shelton

Community Resources Senior fellow with Boys & Girls Clubs of Portland

Rachel has a BA in Child and Family Studies, a Graduate Certificate in Public Administration and Nonprofit Management, and is currently working on her Master's in Business Administration, all from Portland State University. Rachel is passionate about working to empower youth to be comfortable in their own skin and to take control of their futures. During her fellowship with FLIA, she developed, administered, and analyzed an assessment to measure the impact of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Portland's programs on the social-emotional development of their first and second grade members. She is excited to work with Boys & Girls Clubs of Portland as an inaugural Senior Fellow this fall.

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Kendra Woodstead

Training Development fellow with yss

Kendra is originally from North Dakota, and currently lives in Iowa. She graduated from North Dakota State University with a degree in Management Communication and was involved primarily in Student Affairs. She has particularly enjoyed positions in and after college that focused on diversity and inclusion, such as being a resident assistant and a counselor at a camp for people with different abilities. She is excited to bring her enthusiasm and passion to YSS.

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